Conor P. Williams

Senior Researcher, Education Policy Program

Conor P. Williams is a senior researcher in New America's Education Policy Program. His work addresses policies and practices related to educational equity, dual language learners, immigration, and school choice. Williams founded New America's Dual Language Learners National Work Group in 2014. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New Republic, The Daily Beast, Univision.com, The Atlantic, U.S. News and World Report, Talking Points Memo, The New York Daily NewsThe 74 Million, and elsewhere. Before joining New America, Williams taught first grade in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Williams holds a PhD and MA in government from Georgetown University, an MS in teaching from Pace University, and a BA in government and Spanish from Bowdoin College. Williams and his wife are public school parents in Washington, D.C.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Subprime Learning

Given the mix of promise and severe financial insecurity, will the nation be able to address the needs of children in these formative years?


EDUCATION POLICY
Helping Pre-K's Practice Match Its Promise in New York

When it comes to momentum, 2014 proposals to expand access to high-quality pre-K are picking up right where things left off last year.


EDUCATION POLICY
Is There Room in the Pre-K Political Coalition For Critiques of the Pre-K Research Consensus?

Early childhood programs are compatible with conservative priorities.


EDUCATION POLICY
How Pre-K Investments Can Support Working Families

Aren’t we supposed to be reconsidering the notion that social policy can effectively do anything?


EDUCATION POLICY
Looking Back on 2013: Early Education Policy in the States

For most every American policy debate, this is the very worst of times.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Case Study in Misalignment: Dual Language Learners and Teacher Evaluations in Chicago

Fully immersing DLLs in English before they are developmentally ready can undermine their broader linguistic development.


EDUCATION POLICY
GAO Report Scorches D.C. Vouchers Program—Can Backers Douse the Flames?

Like many other political issues, education debates frequently suffer from a lack of definition.


EDUCATION POLICY
Identifying and Supporting Young Latino Students' Academic Assets

It’s taken years, but the community of experts studying DLL students is finally shifting to an asset-based paradigm.


EDUCATION POLICY
Treating Student Bidialectism As An Opportunity

It’s important to recognize non-standard dialects of English as assets.


EDUCATION POLICY
Tired of Federal Gridlock? Take a Look at Education Reform in the States

As the government shutdown continues (with no end yet visible), it’s easy—and wholly understandable—to get cynical.


EDUCATION POLICY
Tired of Federal Gridlock? Take a Look at Education Reform in the States

EDUCATION POLICY
Storify: Delaware Education Leaders on Implementing Comprehensive Education Reform